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How to create the perfect Google+ post

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Google+ has a wonderful interface that allows you to customize each post. Link dropping with no text or photo is considered spam on Google+. Take a moment to format each post and you’ll be rewarded with more engagement and interaction on your Google+ posts.

You can format your text on Google+ with bold and italicized text. Here’s a quick video to help you format text on Google+.

This is how I create the perfect Google+ post:

1. Pick a fun, interesting or smart topic to post
Use trending topics if you need some help which is located on the home page on the right side of the screen. This is also a great place to find people who are currently on Google+ to start a conversation with them on their posts.

2. Choose a bright, full size photo to run with your post.
Do NOT drop a link and use the tiny photo.

3. Use hashtags so more people can find your content.
It’s a great way to meet people and for other people to find your cool posts as well.

4. Engage with everyone who comments or shares your material. Communication and engagement can’t and won’t happen if you aren’t there.

5. Tag some friends that you think might be interested in reading your post.
My fifth point is tagging people but she changed the text slightly.

Still not sure how to use Google+? There’s a book to help you! What the Plus! Google+ for the rest of us has step-by-step instructions for being a Google+ pro in no time.

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  • +Paul-Sorin Tița No kidding.

  • Someone once said that the most creative people hide their sources the best. I love the way you've called these guys out as the dufusses they are.

  • Love it! Great info and fierce biz savvy Peg!

  • and now we've (a few of us, I'm sure) stolen it from you again. with your permission, I hope 😀

  • Very useful tips +Peg Fitzpatrick

  • That's sad. It's easy to credit the source and builds credibility… It's like Gandhi said, "One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole”

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick Awful. Seems +mycleveragency is not so clever. More "experts" who do not understand the basics of social media, or worse, are simply unethical.

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick There's no excuse for at the very least, not referencing the original content source (that being you). It literally takes 2 seconds to reference the source as well as link to the original source.

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick Should #keywords  be after a headline and a link ?

  • +Paul Biedermann Yes, the irony of their name. Meh.

    +Brandon Schaefer Agreed!! And then it's legal.

    +Pierre Provost I think it's best to have a keyword in the title but also in the post.

  • When you say "full size image" are you speaking of the image that takes over all 3 columns in the stream?
    If so, they are usually muted instantly as a nuisance.

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick I just read your article, the 'Mad as Hell' one, the 'Plagiarism' site you reference in the article http://plagiarism.org/ is really a great reference point for anybody that is starting to blog or write to read. Great info.

  • +Richard Arnold I wrote the original post in November 2012 so at the time we didn't have that option and photos weren't ginormous. I usually go with about 600 px or so.

  • +Brandon Schaefer Thanks for taking to time to read it, this isn't the first time this has happened on my website. I tried to put a lot of the actual laws so people learn that not only is it the ethical thing to do, it's the law.

  • I was right, afterall +Peg Fitzpatrick … Even +martin shervington "stole" it, as said: with your permision

  • Any word from these guys +Peg Fitzpatrick? I'd love to hear their response.

  • +Rebekah Radice Nope, not a word. I've tagged them everywhere possible. I'm sure they will not enjoy the negative glow of their actions.

  • My #postoftheday  . Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick. Shared.

  • Great post and it's so wrong and so unethical to steal someone's post.

  • +Denis Labelle I appreciate that and YOU, Denis. Thank you!
    +M Mallory I'm glad you liked it and yes, it is wrong.

  • Thank you +Peg Fitzpatrick for post and excellent tips. Hopefully people on the G+ media will adhere to these tips.
    I am sharing this too.

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick I would like to translate it into Spanish and publish it.

    would give credit course.

  • +cristian tonón Did you want to use my whole post? I think that would count as duplicate content on Google, wouldn't it?

  • +cristian tonón Did you want to use my whole post? I think that would count as duplicate content on Google, wouldn't it?

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick  no, just the computer graphics and a brief explanation … and refer to your website

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick  no, just the computer graphics and a brief explanation … and refer to your website

  • +cristian tonón I didn't create the graphic so I can't give permission for you to use that. You may use my text and link to my article though.

  • +cristian tonón I didn't create the graphic so I can't give permission for you to use that. You may use my text and link to my article though.

  • ok +Peg Fitzpatrick  thanks 🙂

  • ok +Peg Fitzpatrick  thanks 🙂

  • thanks for the advice +Peg Fitzpatrick – I'm still trying to figure G+ out…

  • thanks for the advice +Peg Fitzpatrick – I'm still trying to figure G+ out…

  • +Pam Ross You can do it. 🙂

  • +Pam Ross You can do it. 🙂

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick I took a look at +mycleveragency's Values page– just as I thought, Integrity wasn't listed. 

    Keep up the good work Peg!

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick I took a look at +mycleveragency's Values page– just as I thought, Integrity wasn't listed. 

    Keep up the good work Peg!

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick I teach college online and if anyone plagiarizes anything, ever, they get an "F" for the course, period.

    My colleagues think I am too severe, but I have made my assignments as "plagiarism proof" as possible (you can read my list of "How To's" for that on my Linked-In profile).  

    But one (not very bright) student advertised (using her real name) to About.Com for someone to finish her writing project for her (she had already jumped through all the tiny hoops that are part of the plagiarism prevention best practices). She spent $60.00 for someone to write (essentially) three more pages.

    (I wish I made $20.00 per page! ;'))

    How did I figure it out?  Her writing went from 10th grade level (as measured by MSWord and my own reading) to graduate level. I typed her name into Google and that ad was at the top of the list. Took ten seconds.

    If land-based professors realized how easy it is to buy papers, they would soon discover that they are not grading authentic writing. (Check out cheathouse.com.)

    I am astonished that a company that is selling authentic writing would plagiarize. Talk about stupid!

    I think you handled it perfectly!

  • +Peg Fitzpatrick I teach college online and if anyone plagiarizes anything, ever, they get an "F" for the course, period.

    My colleagues think I am too severe, but I have made my assignments as "plagiarism proof" as possible (you can read my list of "How To's" for that on my Linked-In profile).  

    But one (not very bright) student advertised (using her real name) to About.Com for someone to finish her writing project for her (she had already jumped through all the tiny hoops that are part of the plagiarism prevention best practices). She spent $60.00 for someone to write (essentially) three more pages.

    (I wish I made $20.00 per page! ;'))

    How did I figure it out?  Her writing went from 10th grade level (as measured by MSWord and my own reading) to graduate level. I typed her name into Google and that ad was at the top of the list. Took ten seconds.

    If land-based professors realized how easy it is to buy papers, they would soon discover that they are not grading authentic writing. (Check out cheathouse.com.)

    I am astonished that a company that is selling authentic writing would plagiarize. Talk about stupid!

    I think you handled it perfectly!

  • Sorry +Peg Fitzpatrick for what happened. It was deliberated done…I'm surprised they didn't think that you or somebody else will find out that was plagiarized material. Thanks to +Denis Labelle for making it #Postoftheday . I will share this as How to ruin your #reputationonline 🙂

  • ReShared.  Not stolen  😉

  • Thanks, but in fact creating good posts in Plus is really cumbersome. Even without considering the fact that US governments read your private posts and emails directly from Google servers, thanks to #prism .

  • +Hossein Irani Mosalman Quality is always harder than just settling for Sturgeon's Law.  But why post crap?  And I like to occasionally give a nod to the NSA and CIA in my posts and emails, and have for over a decade.

  • +Meg Tufano Shocking that a student would post an online ad for a paper. Duh! I'll check out your "How-To's" on your LinkedIn profile.

    +Dustin W. Stout I guess the forgot the intregrity part. 

    +Aida Mayo Exactly! Why ruin your reputation? You can't get that back

  • +Meg Tufano Shocking that a student would post an online ad for a paper. Duh! I'll check out your "How-To's" on your LinkedIn profile.

    +Dustin W. Stout I guess the forgot the intregrity part. 

    +Aida Mayo Exactly! Why ruin your reputation? You can't get that back

  • +John R. Ellis Yeah, we all search for quality, but I really hate software annoyances.
    When you're restricted to post in a certain way to get a good looking result.
    When you want to get a full size picture, you can't use links, when you want to get video, you're limited to youtube, and when you use links, that tiny little thumbnail appears. 🙁
    When you write something, only 2-3 lines appear before you click to see the rest.
    And at last, the way posts get into "Hot& Recommended" list. The other day I saw some post with only 4 reshare that got into hot posts of English language.
    I prefer blogs. You have more freedom, and you can be more creative.

  • +Hossein Irani Mosalman I agree with all you say, and doubly for the horrid "What's Hot" selections – I face palm when I occasionally check it out and see photoshop photos presented as real, and debunked Urban Legends presented as Truth there.  OTOH – the cost to user of G+ as a host for one's microblogs or even real blogs can't be beat.

  • Kudos for telling their punk asses. Disgraceful noobs. 😉

  • Kudos for telling their punk asses. Disgraceful noobs. 😉

  • Oh and thank you for the very informative info graphic =D

  • Oh and thank you for the very informative info graphic =D

  • Sharing this now!

  • So sorry your work was copied. I 'd like to share it please

  • +Lyn Blackledge Thanks! Of course you may share. 🙂

  • This is exactly what I needed to read. Some GooglePlus basics. I love the ability to interact. Thank you +Peg Fitzpatrick.

    What did you struggle with when you first started using GooglePlus?

  • +P the Wyse I'm glad it was helpful. I found it hard to jump in on comment threads when I was new, once I did it, I was fine. 🙂

  • I'm just learning too!

  • Thank you +Peg Fitzpatrick

  • Thank you for those tips +Peg Fitzpatrick so sorry you weren't given the credit! I read your article and at the bottom you have a link for a Pinterest board that you created with Google+ tips, but when I click on it, this message pops up: "Whoops! We couldn't find that page." Did you take that down?